The Minimalist Educator Podcast

Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman

A podcast about paring down to focus on the purpose and priorities in our roles.
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Episode 039: Season 2 Highlights
Jun 4 2024
Episode 039: Season 2 Highlights
Ever wondered how a dash of joy and a sprinkle of simplicity can transform your educational practice? Prepare to be charmed by Sheila Kennedy's infectious mantra for reveling in every moment, and Nicole Dissinger's celebration of uncomplicated yet effective teaching. Our season finale is a treasure trove of wisdom from visionaries like Michelle Jasinska and Dr. Emily Davis, who illuminate the path to purposeful initiatives and unbiased data analysis in education. We dissect the essential role of trust in learning, as shared by Julia Skolnick, and Craig Ahrens-Martin's insights on mindfulness for maintaining equilibrium in the whirlwind of daily teaching.Hold on to your lesson plans as we navigate the art of concise coaching with Kenny McKee's 'rule of two', ensuring that empowerment is just a couple of pointers away. Communication is key, and Alina Davis is here to guide us through crafting clear messages for family engagement. If you've ever been trapped in a meeting maze, let Megan Kemp and Gemma Cass be your compass to efficiency, while Laurie Stoller offers her strategic map for steering professional learning communities with precision focus. Each chapter of this episode is meticulously designed to serve as your beacon, leading you toward a more intentional and refined educational practice.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 038: Fostering Student Success through Data-Enlightened Instruction with Dr. Emily Davis
May 28 2024
Episode 038: Fostering Student Success through Data-Enlightened Instruction with Dr. Emily Davis
Dive headfirst into the enlightening world of educational data with our special guest, Dr. Emily Davis! She's here to shatter the myth that data is just a series of intimidating numbers, revealing how it can become a teaching superpower. Together, we navigate through the nuances of quantitative and qualitative data, unlocking the stories and patterns that can transform your teaching methods and boost student outcomes.Our journey with Emily takes us through the intricacies of educational data, examining how it can be a supportive ally rather than an overwhelming foe. We discuss the magic of self-reflection through video, the clarity that comes with goal setting, and the beauty of data in tailoring teaching strategies. These revelations pave the way for you to embrace data with confidence, ensuring that every student's learning experience is as effective and engaging as possible.As the curtain falls on our captivating chat, we celebrate the joy of connecting with fellow data enthusiasts. Emily also spotlights the fantastic work of Teacher Development Network LLC in nurturing early career teachers. We wrap up, inviting you to continue your journey toward educational minimalism with us, Tammy and Christine, while the melodious tunes of Gaia Moretti play us out. Don't miss the chance to be part of this empowering narrative in our next episodes of the Minimalist Educator Podcast.Dr. Davis is the founder of Teacher Development Network LLC, whose mission is to support educational organizations in developing and enhancing induction and mentoring programs for early career teachers. Dr. Davis is a sought-after consultant and professional developer on topics including mentoring, facilitation, and professional learning and is the author of numerous articles and blogs on those topics. She was also named an emerging leader in the field of education by Phi Delta Kappan and ASCD and was recently selected to be a Fulbright Specialist.Website: www.teacherdevelopmentnetwork.comLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dremilyldavisThis episode is sponsored by Teacher Development Network. Collaborating to Create Customized Systems of Support ​for Early Career Teachers Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 037: Unpacking Cognitive Load Theory with Tammy and Christine
May 21 2024
Episode 037: Unpacking Cognitive Load Theory with Tammy and Christine
Embark on an intellectual journey with us, Tammy Musiowsky-Borniman and I, Christine Arnold, as we delve into the world of cognitive load theory, unveiling its transformative power in educational settings. Prepare to shift your perspective on teaching and learning, as we unravel the complex dance between sensory input and working memory, and its profound impact on student comprehension and retention. It's a voyage that promises to arm you with the strategies necessary to optimize the learning experience for every student, ensuring that the classroom becomes a crucible of inclusion and effective education, grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning.In a discussion laden with practical wisdom, we invite you to discover the art of teacher self-care through the lens of minimalism. Embrace the Triple P method—prioritize, pair back, and plan—as we illuminate the path to reducing cognitive overload for both educators and students. With insights on how to leverage technology to clear the clutter and enhance instruction, this episode is a treasure trove for those seeking to create a supportive and efficient learning environment. We're not just podcast hosts; we're pioneers advocating for minimalism in the classroom, and we encourage you to join the conversation and be part of a community where simplicity isn't just a philosophy, but a transformative educational practice.This episode is sponsored by Plan Z Professional Learning Services. Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 036: Elevating Education with Collective Teacher Efficacy with Dr. Lori Stollar
May 14 2024
Episode 036: Elevating Education with Collective Teacher Efficacy with Dr. Lori Stollar
Unlock the secrets of Professional Learning Communities with Dr. Lori Stollar, a seasoned expert who joins us to illuminate the transformative power of PLCs in education. Shedding light on the essence of effective collaboration, Laurie dismantles the myths that have long shrouded PLCs, guiding us through the pivotal shift from a traditional teaching-centric model to a dynamic learning-centric system. In our enlightening exchange, we confront the real challenges educators face in molding a united front aimed at boosting student outcomes and discuss the game-changing effects when teachers are given the reigns to steer their professional development.Look toward the educational horizon with us as we delve into the evolving landscape of PLCs, where breaking down silos isn't just a goal, it's a reality. Lori bestows her wisdom on the catalytic role of collective efficacy and the intrinsic value of social capital in customizing education for every learner. We equip you with strategies to keep your mission in sharp focus and to select actions that resonate with your core objectives. By the end of our discussion, you'll be inspired by the potential of PLCs to reshape not only your approach to teaching but also the very fabric of learning organizations, all while reflecting on the minimalist principles that can refine educational practices.Lori Stollar is an educator with over 35 years of experience as a high school social studies teacher, district administrator, intermediate unit leader, and adjunct professor. In 2021, she retired from public education where she most recently served as the Director of Curriculum and Innovation. Since then Lori has consulted with schools and districts on the topics of Whole Child Education, Social Emotional Learning, and Teacher Supervision and Evaluation. She is passionate about helping teachers and school leaders positively impact student learning.  Lori is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania ASCD, whose mission is to inspire educators to lead, learn, and advocate for educational impact.Lori holds a B.S. in Education, an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, a PK-12 Principal Certification, and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. In 2014, she earned her doctorate in School Systems Leadership from Widener University. Her research interests include professional learning communities, collective efficacy, and classroom instruction.This episode is sponsored by Pennsylvania ASCD; an organization committed to the improvement of curriculum development, supervision, instruction, promotion of professional growth, and education of children. Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 035: Navigating the Art of Parent-Teacher Collaboration with Alina Davis
May 7 2024
Episode 035: Navigating the Art of Parent-Teacher Collaboration with Alina Davis
Unlock the secrets to fostering strong family engagement in schools with Alina Davis, a visionary from Orange County Public Schools. Our candid discussion peels back the layers of the Parent Academy's success and shares how to tailor family initiatives to meet diverse needs. Discover the art of effective communication and how a strategically organized committee can orchestrate impactful events that resonate with students’ success. We delve into the nuances of cultural diversity, inclusivity, and the dual capacity-building framework that strengthens the bonds between educators and families. Alina provides an arsenal of strategies, from optimizing parent-teacher conferences to employing the question formulation technique, all designed to empower parents and encourage meaningful dialogue.Feel the pulse of transformative education as we dissect how to bridge the gap between families and schools, creating a welcoming atmosphere that celebrates unique cultural backgrounds. Learn how to streamline messaging and use tools like Talking Points to maintain clarity and avoid overloading families with information. EAina illuminates the value of student-led conferences and academic parent-teacher teams, offering insights into effective ways to engage parents in their children's education. This episode is a treasure trove for educators seeking to craft clear, supportive, and engaging relationships with families. Join us for a masterclass in nurturing the educational environment where every family feels seen and supported.Alina Davis is a Senior Manager with Federal Programs for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), where she consults with private schools in utilizing grant funds. In her prior role she served on the district wide Family Engagement team,  coordinating Parent Academy events for families and students as well as coaching engagement liaisons in Title I schools. During her last 27 years with OCPS Alina  has taught  grades k-3 and worked as an ELL Compliance Specialist and Exceptional Education Staffing Specialist. Alina’s interests in research include the whole child approach, equity and poverty, and parent and family engagement. Alina holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist ‘s degree in Educational Leadership. Alina has also served on the ASCD Board of Directors as is an ASCD Emerging Leader.Alina embeds family engagement in her work, including coordinating district wide Parent Academies and coaching parent engagement liaisons.Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/alina-davis-3672369/ Twitter  https://twitter.com/alinadavis This episode is sponsored by Plan Z Professional Learning Services.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Epsiode 034: Mentoring Novice Teachers in the Craft of Simplicity with Nicole Dissinger
Apr 30 2024
Epsiode 034: Mentoring Novice Teachers in the Craft of Simplicity with Nicole Dissinger
Ever wondered how a seasoned mentor guides fresh educators through the labyrinth of their first year? Join us as Nicole Dissinger, a beacon of wisdom in the teaching community, returns to our show to illuminate the path for new teachers navigating the crucial first steps of their career journey. With Nicole's expertise, we delve into the art of building relationships and setting clear objectives, steering clear of the allure of complex activities that can often sidetrack well-meaning educators.The conversation takes a deeper turn when we explore the delicate dance of confidence and self-representation, especially when teachers engage with school administration. New educators face a mountain of tasks, from curriculum mastery to classroom management, and we're here to dissect the strategies and support systems that can make or break their professional longevity. Nicole shares her experiences and insights into mentoring's vital role, laying out the welcome mat for teachers to step into a profession that not only challenges but also rewards in equal measure.Finally, we wrap this episode with a rally call for all educators to embrace a minimalist mindset. Shift away from the shackles of rigid lesson plans and embrace the freedom to tailor education to the heartbeat of each unique classroom. We, Tammy and Christine, are advocates for a teaching philosophy that champions autonomy, creativity, and impactful learning experiences. Share your minimalism-in-education stories with us on social media and join the movement towards a teaching practice that is as enriching as it is efficient.This episode is sponsored by Plan Z Professional Learning Services. Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 033: Compassionate Coaching with Kenny McKee
Apr 23 2024
Episode 033: Compassionate Coaching with Kenny McKee
Transform your instructional coaching methods with the wisdom of Kenny McKee, our special guest, who brings the power of compassionate coaching into the spotlight. Get ready to harness the 'rule of two' through our discussion, ensuring that your coaching aligns seamlessly with teachers' goals and tackles the universal struggle with time constraints. Kenny provides a deep dive into personalized support, the kind that recognizes the unique hurdles educators face and cultivates their professional growth. Feel the warmth of nostalgia as we reminisce about our early leadership days back in 2014, threading our past insights into today's challenges within instructional coaching.Kenny McKee is a National Board Certified Teacher, an instructional coaching author, and an experienced curriculum and content designer. For over a decade, Kenny worked as a high school literacy and instructional coach supporting classroom teachers and other school faculty in professional growth. His classroom teaching career was in middle and high school English language arts. He has also served as a Teaching Instructor for the department of Literacy, English, and History Education at East Carolina University. Kenny has partnered with private schools, public schools, districts, state departments, nonprofits, and education companies in various consulting and leadership roles throughout his career. He currently works as Customer Success Manager with Newsela. Kenny's website: https://kennycmckee.com/Compassionate CoachingLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethcmckee/Select Blog Posts:How to make coaching cycles the center of instructional coaching work4 ways teachers can learn from one anotherInstructional Coaching as Collaborative Action Research Today's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on Twitter and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 032: Overcoming Scarcity Mindset for Educational Abundance with Tammy & Christine
Apr 16 2024
Episode 032: Overcoming Scarcity Mindset for Educational Abundance with Tammy & Christine
Ever found yourself guarding that last pack of sticky notes like a dragon with its gold? Join us, Tammy Musiowsky-Borniman and Christine Arnold, as we tackle the all-too-common scarcity mindset in education. We're diving headfirst into the reality of teachers reaching into their own wallets for classroom supplies and the silent message it sends to both educators and students about resource limitations. It's a candid look at the consequences of a scarcity mindset, including hoarding tendencies and the strain it places on teaching practices.But it's not all doom and gloom! We’re flipping the script and exploring the transformative power of an abundance mindset. Imagine a classroom where everyday items become versatile teaching tools and collaboration outshines competition for resources. We're sharing actionable strategies that can turn the tide, from judiciously prioritizing what's necessary to fostering a climate of positivity and support among colleagues. Tune in and be inspired to make every lesson count, no matter the budget constraints. You're not just listening to another conversation; you're stepping into a space where thriving trumps surviving in the world of education.Today's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on Twitter and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 031: Mastering Clear and Effective Communication with Dr. Meghan Everette
Apr 9 2024
Episode 031: Mastering Clear and Effective Communication with Dr. Meghan Everette
Unlock the secrets of effective communication within the classroom and beyond as Dr. Meghan Everette joins us to share her expertise in the educational sphere. With a focus on crafting concise messages that resonate, our enlightening conversation with Megan is a treasure trove for educators grappling with the challenge of reaching diverse audiences. She brings to the table strategies born from the chaos of the pandemic, emphasizing the power of understanding your audience and the art of simplicity in messaging. Whether you're dealing with policy changes or boosting event attendance, Megan's insights on avoiding assumptions and truly engaging with the community are invaluable.This episode is a deep dive into the art of dialogue in education, from the state level down to the intimate parent-teacher exchanges that shape our children's learning experiences. We dissect the subtleties of communication frequency, the importance of predictable messaging schedules, and the undeniable value of two-way conversations. By inviting feedback and fostering channels that encourage parental engagement, Meghan illustrates how schools can strengthen their community bonds. This session isn't just about refining your communication tactics; it's about transforming them into tools for building lasting connections with families and students alike. Join us for a session that will leave you inspired to elevate your educational communication game.Meghan Everette serves as the State Director of Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic Education (ULEAD) at the Utah State Board of Education. She is a veteran educator and taught elementary school in the National Turnaround Model School, was a mathematics coach, and recently served two years as a Full-Time School Ambassador Fellow in the U.S. Department of Education. She co-founded and served as Executive Director of the ASCD Emerging Leader Alumni Affiliate and co-authored the ASCD book Forces of Influence: How Educators can Leverage Relationships to Improve Practice. Meghan was the 2013 Alabama Elementary Teacher of the Year and a 2015-2017 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. She co-designed PoweredBy Teach to Lead Utah and spent six years as a blogger for Scholastic sharing classroom practices on everything from curriculum design to classroom libraries. She was a Digital Promise Micro-Credential Leader and served on the CCSSO Teacher Recruitment and Retention Educator Steering Committee. Meghan earned her doctorate from the University of Florida with an emphasis on how mass communication theory can be applied to improve trust through school communication. Today's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on Twitter and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 030: The Power of Courage in Education with Ming Shelby
Apr 2 2024
Episode 030: The Power of Courage in Education with Ming Shelby
When faced with the daunting task of guiding her non-English speaking parents through the complexities of a new country, Ming Shelby learned early on that courage isn't just an abstract concept, but a muscle we can all develop. This very lesson fuels her mission today, which she passionately shares with us, to embolden educators with the bravery to initiate tough conversations, foster authenticity, and lead with kindness in the classroom and beyond. Ming's remarkable journey, from her childhood trials to taking the stage as a TEDx speaker, reminds us all of the transformative power of courage in our lives.Our discussion with Ming doesn't stop at personal growth; it dives into the practical implications of courageous conversations in reducing educator stress and improving workload management. We're reminded that human connection, afforded by face-to-face interactions, can clear the fog of miscommunication and lighten our collective burden. As we navigate the cultural tapestries of communication styles and embrace the principles of "showing up, being seen, and living brave," Ming encourages us to lead with empathy, challenge with directness, and ultimately, to shape a world where courage is the bedrock of our every interaction.Ming Shelby is a TEDX speaker, a National Board Certified educator who has dedicated her career to inspiring students, teachers, and administrators through learning experiences. Ming is currently the Director of Professional Learning in the suburbs of Chicago. She believes that courage is the critical ingredient for student transformation. Ming has facilitated workshops for adults and youth in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.  She also builds courage beyond the classroom to support kids and adults through her podcast, Courage Up.Resource mentions:Radical Candor Brene BrownToday's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on Twitter and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 029: Inviting Joy and Positivity into Your Life with Sheila Kennedy
Mar 26 2024
Episode 029: Inviting Joy and Positivity into Your Life with Sheila Kennedy
What does it mean to truly invite joy into our lives? What impact can it have on our personal and professional experiences? This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the esteemed Sheila Kennedy, founder of Be Positively Connected. Together, we took a deep dive into her 25-year journey in education and discovered the immense power of applied positive psychology.Sheila Kennedy is the founder of Be Positively Connected. One of the first thousand in the world to earn a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she is known for her passion for connecting others to the practical applications of the science of well-being so they can live their best lives. Ranging from first grade teacher to instructional coach, adjunct professor to educational consultant, as well as conference presenter and keynote speaker, Sheila has spent the past twenty-five years working in education. With a focus on topics rooted in positive emotions, investing in joy, and building resiliency, her mission is to help others reclaim their happiness, ignite their passions, and unleash their potential. Picture your day-to-day life, now imagine being able to spot joy in every corner of it, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Sheila shares her experience with 'joy spotting' - an intentional practice that has not only aided her through personal losses like the passing of her beloved Chihuahua, Oreo, but also greatly enhanced her life. Through vivid tales from her own journey, she illustrates how joy spotting can amplify gratitude, foster resilience, and ultimately make our lives richer.Reaching the end of our conversation, Sheila gifted us with the story of her personal connection to joy and how it influences the relationships that matter most to her. We examined the potency of positive messaging and its role in shaping the ambiance of our personal spaces and workplaces. This episode promises to offer a fresh perspective for educators and a guide for anyone seeking to lead a more positive and fulfilling life. Get ready to step into a world where joy is limitless and positivity is contagious. You won't want to miss this.Episode resources:Sheila Kennedy, MAPP IG @positively.sheila Facebook page @bepositivelyconnectedwww.bepositivelyconnected.comHashtags: #MondayPositiviTEE #joyspottingMartin SeligmanMAPP program at UPenn https://www.lps.upenn.edu/degree-programs/mapp Book recommendations:Joyful by Ingrid Fetell LeeThe Power of Play: Optimize Your Joy Potential by Elaine O’Brien & Andra SeydelThe Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again by Catherine PriceRead Aloud books: (for children AND adults)Finding Muchness by Kobi YamadaFeeliSend us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 028: Wellness Strategies for the Thoughtful Educator with Craig Aarons Martin
Mar 19 2024
Episode 028: Wellness Strategies for the Thoughtful Educator with Craig Aarons Martin
Struggling to strike the perfect balance between your professional responsibilities and personal well-being? Craig Aarons Martin joins us to illuminate the path to self-care mastery for educators, emphasizing the transformative effects of physical activity, meditation, and mindfulness. His personal anecdotes serve as a beacon for those looking to rejuvenate not just themselves but also their surroundings, demonstrating how one's own wellness practices can radiate positive influence across students and colleagues alike.During our heartfelt conversation, we unearth the often-invisible dedication that teachers invest in their craft, extending far beyond the classroom walls. Recognizing the synergy between empathetic leadership and teacher well-being, Craig shares insights on fostering nurturing environments where mindful breaks and clear communication about work-life balance aren't just encouraged but celebrated. We reflect on the wisdom of "The Body Keeps the Score," acknowledging the profound impact that mental and physical downtime can have on both our careers and lives.Finally, Craig imparts practical strategies for infusing mindfulness into diverse classrooms, offering our listeners a chance to help children navigate their emotions with creative tools like breathing exercises and Legos. We wrap up our enriching dialogue with a call to embrace minimalism and embark on a journey of self-improvement. So, pour yourself your favorite cup of tea, light a relaxing incense, and join us in this episode for a transformative experience that will leave you inspired to take that much-deserved self-date and share your reflections with our community.Craig Aarons-Martin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The CCM Education Group, an education consulting organization that provides professional learning services to districts, schools, nonprofits, and businesses worldwide. Craig is an ASCD Emerging Leader & presenter and an author who published an article on professional learning for ASCD EDAdvantage. He currently serves as the President Elect for Massachusetts ASCD and was a President for the ASCD Emerging Leader Affiliate.Craig Aarons-Martin is an award-winning teacher & school leader with 20+ years of experience in urban education serving as a mentor, instructional coach, teacher developer, and professional learning facilitator. Martin also works with groups, individuals, and organizations to create bold and joyful solutions that amplify equity and belonging. Craig is also the co-host of SELinEDU, The Podcast.Resource mentions:https://linktr.ee/craigcmartin The Body Keeps the Score: https://www.besselvanderkolk.com/resources/the-body-keeps-the-score This episode is sponsored by Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 027: Developing Teacher Capacity with Christine and Tammy
Mar 12 2024
Episode 027: Developing Teacher Capacity with Christine and Tammy
Discover the transformative power of collaboration and leadership in education with Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman and me, Christine Arnold, on the minimalist educator podcast. This episode promises to leave you with invaluable insights on how building teacher capacity is not just about enhancing individual skills but revolutionizing the entire school community. We delve into the world of professional development and peer coaching, discussing how these practices ensure that our educators are as dynamic as the students they're preparing for the future. Join us as we unravel the ways in which a thriving learning culture for adults translates into a more committed and effective teaching environment.Prepare to be inspired by the innovative strategies we discuss for integrating teacher-led sessions into the heart of the school day. We shine a spotlight on the energizing and empowering effects these sessions have on educators, and in turn, their students. Experience the refreshing approach of "dumb goals" and how they can serve as aspirational beacons, steering us away from the rigidity of traditional goal setting. Together with Tammy, we examine the creative twists in curriculum planning that not only enhance the teaching journey but also promise to imprint a lasting mark on the educational system's ability to flourish. Each conversation is a step towards shaping the future of learning, for teachers and students alike.Today's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on Twitter and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Epsiode 026: The Power of Choice in Educational Initiatives with Michelle Jasinska
Mar 5 2024
Epsiode 026: The Power of Choice in Educational Initiatives with Michelle Jasinska
Have you ever wondered how to effectively manage multiple responsibilities in a school setting without losing your sanity? Join us as we chat with Michelle Jocinska, a seasoned educator who wears many hats as an assistant principal, PYP coordinator, and teacher at a medium-sized international school in Japan. She generously shares her unique perspective on navigating the education landscape while donning multiple roles. From her approach to handling staff support to her transition from a teacher to an administrator, Michelle's insights are nothing short of educational gold!As we talk about school initiatives and vision, you'll learn how to create a balance, ensuring progress isn't compromised. We delve deep into the Lippitt-Noster model for complex change, highlighting the importance of a clear vision and consensus for successful initiatives. You'll gain a newfound appreciation for the power of the 'opt-in' over 'opt-out' systems, realizing the profound impact of focusing on fewer, deeper goals.But what about teacher burnout and disengagement? A pertinent issue that plagues our education system today. We explore this sensitive topic from a systems archetype perspective, underscoring the need for solutions that tackle the roots rather than merely pruning the leaves. An exciting proposition we discuss is the 'opt-in' system for initiatives, a potential game-changer in giving teachers the power to choose their level of participation. It's all about homing in on the institution's purpose and vision, and simplifying initiatives to reach meaningful and achievable goals. Do join us on this riveting journey where we dissect, discuss, and derive insights from the heart of education itself.Michelle Jasinska is an Assistant Principal, PYP Coordinator, and teacher at a medium sized international school in Japan. She is effectively in charge of the Elementary School, have three jobs and have to be hyper organized amongst the chaos. Podcast resources:Systems Archetype Lippitt-Knoster Model for Managing Complex ChangeEisenhower Decision Matrix (Covey)Nudge R. Thaler and C SunsteinSend us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 025: Streamlining To-Do Lists and Managing Priorities with Jessica Holloway
Feb 27 2024
Episode 025: Streamlining To-Do Lists and Managing Priorities with Jessica Holloway
Imagine transforming your chaotic to-do list into a streamlined, dynamic tool that propels your productivity forward. Our guest, Jessica Holloway, TechX Educator of the Year and an innovation coach from Tennessee, gives us insight into her ingenious tiered to-do system. Weekly, she prioritizes her tasks and sets aside time each Friday to power through her list. We also delve into Jessica's unique approach to managing her overflowing inbox and resisting the urge to prioritize urgent tasks over important ones.The conversation deepens as Jessica unfolds her strategies for managing priorities and the underestimated power of saying 'no.' She provides an inside look into how she establishes her own deadlines for accountability and her team action plan's vital role in filtering what needs to be done. Jessica's philosophy of protecting her 'yeses' and aligning them with her personal and professional goals offers a fresh perspective on maintaining a balanced work-life. Join us for this insightful conversation, packed with practical strategies to enhance productivity and keep focused in the ever-evolving field of education.Jessica Holloway is an innovation coach for Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee. Her focus is on supporting K-12 STEM/STEAM education across the district. In her 17 years as an educator, she has taught middle school language arts and was a school-based instructional coach prior to her current role. She is a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader and Tennessee ASCD President. Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 024: Effective Team Meetings with Team Awesome (Tammy, Christine, Gemma Cass and Megan Kemp)
Feb 20 2024
Episode 024: Effective Team Meetings with Team Awesome (Tammy, Christine, Gemma Cass and Megan Kemp)
Are your team meetings more of a time-suck than a productive gathering? Ever wondered how to turn them into fruitful sessions that not only get more done but also foster better relationships? You're not alone, and thankfully, we've got you covered. Joined by our dear friends and former colleagues, Gemma Kass and Megan Kemp, we delve into the world of effective planning meetings - the strategies to keep them focused, the art of debriefing, and the undervalued power of check-ins. As we fondly recall our teaching journey together in Singapore, we're excited to share the lessons we've learned to make team meetings a success.But that's not all. We also take on the often daunting terrain of collaboration in these meetings. How do you maintain the delicate balance between tasks and professional dialogue? How do you navigate the varied comfort levels of team members while fostering a culture of mutual respect? And most importantly, how do you build relationships that enhance collaboration and meeting effectiveness? We share our thoughts, experiences, and some helpful tips, all the while reinforcing the importance of being prepared and modeling good meeting behavior. Because we believe, if we can get this right as adults, we could positively influence how our students learn to collaborate. So, come join us as we turn the spotlight on relationship-building and being prepared in our meetings.Today's episode was brought to you by Plan Z Professional Learning Services, Forward Thinking Educator Support. Find out more at www.PlanZPLServices.com. Follow us @PlanZPLS on X and Instagram.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 023: Imagine! Brain Science in Education! with Julia Skolnik
Feb 13 2024
Episode 023: Imagine! Brain Science in Education! with Julia Skolnik
Are you ready to revolutionize the way you think about education? Tune in as we sit down with Julia Skolnick, the brain-science whizz and founder of Professional Learning Partnerships. She fervently advocates for integrating brain science into our teaching and leadership methods to revolutionize K-12 education. Julia’s mission to bridge the gap between research and practice in education is truly eye-opening. She highlights the adverse effects of standardized tests on students, teachers, and parents and how the 'less is more' philosophy can positively influence teaching and learning.Sit tight as we flip the script, discussing the often ignored systems and processes in education. We take a critical look at the idea of specialization for teachers and how overwhelming administrative tasks can obstruct their main roles. An interesting chat on the significance of values and learner profiles in schools ensues, emphasizing their role as a guiding framework for decision-making, rather than just an accessory. Our experiences as educators in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, incorporating the learner profile into our teaching and planning processes, offer practical insights into this approach. This episode prompts educators to constantly rethink and assess their systems and priorities to create a more impactful and meaningful learning experience for students. So gear up for this knowledge-packed episode that promises to leave you with much to ponder.Julia Skolnik, MSEd is the CEO & Founder of Professional Learning Partnerships (PLP), which is an organization dedicated to transforming learning and leadership using brain science through long-term partnerships with K-12 school districts. Building upon over 20 years of experience working in schools, research laboratories, and museums, Julia founded PLP to empower educators and leaders to leverage brain science as a tool for meaningfully transforming learning, leadership, and culture in K-12 schools. As CEO & Founder, she creates the overarching vision for PLP, designs innovative and research-based professional learning programs, and cultivates sustained partnerships with a growing network of school districts across the U.S. Julia wrote a guest blog post on our website: Less is MoreSend us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 022: Empowering Girls in Sports and Physical Education with Janelle Meisenheimer
Feb 6 2024
Episode 022: Empowering Girls in Sports and Physical Education with Janelle Meisenheimer
Ever pondered why fewer girls are involved in sports compared to boys? Ever wondered how we can bridge this gap? On this episode of the Minimalist Educator Podcast, we have an answer to these questions and more as we sit down with Janelle Meisenheimer, an experienced sports coach and PE teacher. Janelle pours out her heart about her journey starting with her passion for sports as a young girl, to her revelation about the significant play gap between boys and girls. We dissect the root issues, from lack of facilities to improper language use in sports, that create an unwelcoming environment for girls and women. But, it's not all gloom. We also chat about how we can make sports more appealing and accessible to all girls and women, empowering them to make physical activity a priority.We then shift gears to a seldom-discussed, yet crucial topic: body literacy and inclusion in education. Menstruation and body changes are natural, but the stigma surrounding them often creates barriers for girls in sports. With Janelle's insightful guidance, we advocate for a paradigm shift in physical education, where body literacy is the norm, not the exception. We brainstorm effective ways that teachers can establish a non-judgmental and understanding classroom environment, helping ease the stress that girls face during puberty.Finally, we zero in on the pivotal role of educators in redefining physical education. Janelle offers practical advice on fostering student-centered physical education and creating an inclusive environment. We dig into how educators can establish a culture of body literacy and offer girls a say in their PE uniforms. To cap it all, we tackle a subject that's often avoided – menstruation. Janelle courageously shares her personal experiences and walks us through how she's working to break down the stigma around menstruation in sports. So, join us for an episode brimming with compelling insights and pragmatic tips on how we can make sports and physical education more inclusive for every girl and woman out there.Janelle is currently the Lower School PE Head of Department, Elementary PE and Health teacher, and Soccer Coach at the International School of Brussels. She has also worked at Cap Cana Heritage School in the Dominican Republic and Raha International School in the United Arab Emirates.  Many people before us have worked hard for the space girls and women have in the sports world.  There are more steps to create a safer, inclusive space for many people, and her research in menstruation, injury prevention, participation issues, and more with people who will, do, or did menstruate in sports is part of that pathway forward.  When she doesn't have all of these hats on, she plays different sports, prioritizes social time, and snuggles up with my cat with a good book or show. Epsiode Resources:Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Approach by Kimberly L. Oliver, David KirkPeriod Power by Maisie HillThe Female Body Bible by EmSend us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 021: Subtracting the Unnecessary with Dan Tricarico
Jan 30 2024
Episode 021: Subtracting the Unnecessary with Dan Tricarico
Ever feel burnt out or overwhelmed by the constant demands and clutter in your life? Imagine the joy of subtracting the unnecessary and stepping into a Zen space of clarity and calm. That's exactly what we explore with our guest Dan Tricarico, CEO of the Zen Professional and the Zen Teacher. Dantra’s book, 'The Zen Teacher', is a fascinating journey through his own burnout and how his game-changing techniques have evolved into workshops that help educators find balance and prevent burnout. Open your mind to the liberating feeling of decluttering and creating time for self-reflection. Hear Dan’s inspiring story about transforming his classroom by breaking the task down into manageable sections over a month. A real masterstroke in proving that the practice of subtraction can be a powerful stress-buster. We also delve into the value of expanding our learning by listening to podcasters from various professions and applying their insights to education - a real treasure trove of knowledge awaits!But it’s not all education-oriented. As we shift gears to discuss the cutthroat corporate world, Dan emphasizes the criticality of intentional self-care and personal space. His 'throw away 10 things a day' philosophy is a gem of practical advice towards creating that space. Plus, Dan throws light on how mindfulness can radically transform learning environments and significantly reduce stress levels. Join us in this enlightening exploration of how Zen practices can infuse peace, not just in classrooms, but in every sphere of our lives.Dan Tricarico, CEO of The Zen Professional and The Zen Teacher, is a national speaker, author of three  top stress management books, and creator of The Zen Professional 5-Step Blueprint for stress reduction, Tricarico now shares his expertise and insight by showing harried teachers how to thrive both inside and outside the workplace. He has been featured in Fast Company Magazine and has guested on many business and educational podcasts.www.thezenprofessional.com www.thezenteacher.comTwitter (X): @thezenteacher IG: @zenteacher This epsiode is sponsored by The Zen Teacher: helping teachers reclaim control.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.
Episode 020: Embracing Minimalism and Self-Advocacy in Education with Christine and Tammy
Jan 23 2024
Episode 020: Embracing Minimalism and Self-Advocacy in Education with Christine and Tammy
Welcome to the Minimalist Educator Podcast, where education meets simplicity. Ever find yourself buried under the expectations and chaos of our profession, barely keeping your head above water? If so, we promise you'll find solace and empowerment in our discussion on the power of minimalism in education. My co-host, Tammy, and I explore how a shift in focus can reduce the unnecessary stress frequently associated with our roles, giving you the room to breathe and thrive.We also have the pleasure of conversing with the ever-insightful Christine, shedding light on the pivotal role of self-advocacy in establishing boundaries in our professional lives. We believe it's high time we prioritized our own well-being, granting ourselves the permission to take those much-needed mental breaks away from work. Join us as we plead the case for a balanced life, one where education and personal growth coexist harmoniously. Tune in and learn how to navigate the demanding terrain of our profession, and to embrace a simpler, more sustainable approach to education.Send us a Text Message.Sticker MuleSticker Mule has great options for promotional items like stickers, coasters, magnets, and more!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show. Buy The Minimalist Teacher book on Amazon.Follow on Instagram @PlanZPLS and @theminimalist_ed_podThe Minimalist Educator Podcast is a Plan Z Professional Learning Services adventure.